Dave's brothers, Jim and Matt came with Jim's wife Amber and baby Jacob. Matt also brought a friend from BYU-I to celebrate with us.
We ate like pigs and then we crashed all over. Several people went down to play wii. Akayla had gone to the youth dance so I went to pick her up. She had a great time playing with her friends. They had lots of fun activities for the kids to do, and she only ate one piece of pizza so she could come home and have some yummy fondue.
The best part about fondue is the dessert. My chocolate recipe is to die for......... and you dip bananas, strawberries, angel food cake, mandarin oranges, pineapple, and anything else you may fancy. We always buy double so we can have it New Years day also.
a few thoughts this year:
-2010- This year I am pregnant with Leandra (8th baby - due Valentines Day). I feel so incredibly blessed to be spending every day with my best friends.
-2000- 10 years ago New Years Eve I was pregnant with Adri (4th baby -- she was due in April) and it was the year of the big Y2K scare. We lived in New Plymouth, Idaho. It was funny that all the food storage items everywhere were totally out of stock. People were panicking thinking this was what the prophets had been preparing us for and they weren't ready. How sad that they would wait until a big scare to get a 72 hour kit or start their food storage. Nothing happened obviously and life went on normally. It did make me see again how important it is to be spiritually prepared when it's not an emergency.
- 1995- 15 years ago New Years Eve I was pregnant with Akayla (see a pattern?!! 1st baby -- she was also due in April). We had only been married 6 months. We lived in Provo, Utah. We had our very first fondue party and invited our 2 best couple friends. Both couples lived just a few houses away in different directions. We did a lot of things with both couples. Both had been married a little longer than us, and we had a lot of fun with them. Just a few years later both of those couples were divorced. It made us very sad, and it also made us realize how precious our relationship is. It opened our eyes to see what selfishness and pride do to a marriage. There's no place for either of them.
-1990- 20 years ago New Years Eve I was a freshman in High School (my oldest daughter's age). I was dreaming of the man I would someday marry and the family I would someday have. I had some friends who weren't very great influences on me and I was doing some things I didn't feel good about. I didn't feel very good about myself either. I made a new year's resolution that year to prepare to receive my patriarchal blessing. I felt that I needed to build my testimony and strengthen my faith. I started writing every evening in my journal the feelings I had as I read my scriptures and prayed. Receiving my patriarchal blessing was a huge turning point in my life. That summer at girl's camp I had one of the most spiritual experiences I have ever had. That choice I made on New Year's Eve has affected my life today.
20 years ago New Years Eve Dave was at Ricks College. He didn't plan to go to Ricks, in fact he had never heard about it. He grew up in Illinois. His bishop told him he felt that he should go to Ricks College in Idaho. So Dave went. He prepared to go on a mission in the fall. I know he was having lots of experiences that were preparing him.
pregnant on New Years so I can eat like a pig and not worry about gaining weight
another year to be with my family
another year to be better